As our inevitable descent into digital anarchy looms large, there is some comfort to be taken in the fact that powerful, well-funded entities like the Department of Defense are there to provide protection and security. Psych!
Today the Department of Defense announced that it will soon require all of its contractors to report any major cybersecurity breaches. And if your first question is, why in the hell didn’t they require that before?, that’s a great question.
Last year, Google bought eight robotics companies in just six months, making the search giant a US military contractor. So what is the relationship between Google and the Department of Defense? This comic sheds a bit of light on the current situation.
Monitoring America's nuclear stockpiles is vital but mind-numbingly dull work. So rather than rely on easily distracted human guards, the storage facilities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) are now being watched by the unblinking eyes of a mobile robotic patrol fleet.
Doesn't matter if you're a ninja or a polar bear blinking in a blizzard—if you've got a heartbeat, this new sensor system will find you. It's called "Biometrics-at-a-distance" and does everything but smell your fear.
The Pentagon has decided on its first secure mobile device running Android. The no-longer-available Dell Streak 5. Way to speed the process along Uncle Sam.
The US Department of Defense just revealed that they lost 24,000 files to "foreign intruders" in March. Though they wouldn't specify on details, they acknowledged it was "one of the most damaging cyberattacks to date on the US military".
The app, by the DoD's Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System, delivers news directly from deployed service members from every arm of the military. You can also flip through the most popular and best photography from the military as well as video from "In The Fight" programming and military newscasts and share…
A new $29 million Defense Department project makes viewing military intelligence from Afghanistan as easy as ordering a movie from Netflix.
In 2008, a foreign intelligence agency slipped a flash drive into a U.S. military computer, sneaking malicious code onto classified military networks: "A rogue program operating silently, poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an unknown adversary." Gulp.
It's ridiculous all the half-baked solutions we depend on to resuscitate a dead phone. Especially when there's a potent supply of free power just waiting to be tapped, right above our heads. No, not the sun—overhead power lines.
That's the Air Force's super-secret unmanned X-37B space plane hitching a ride on an Atlas V rocket yesterday. No one knows what its mission is. Or even when it's coming back.
In March 2008, the Department of Defense supposedly published a memo about a perceived national security threat. The target: Wikileaks a site that had previously put out sensitive information about Abu Ghraib.
Yesterday the Department of Defense released a memo outlining the government's first official policy for social media access by military personnel. Somewhat surprisingly, it gives them unrestricted access to blog, Tweet, poke and ping just like everyone else.
Apparently the Department of Defense believes that PS3s are a better value when it comes to supercomputers than IBM products specifically designed for the purpose. Granted recent price drops probably didn't hurt in justifying a 2,200 console order either.
The Pentagon's wacky sci-fi department DARPA has been working on robotic hummingbird-based drones to serve as miniature spies. They're not nearly as agile or adorable as real hummingbirds, but DARPA is well on their way to achieving that dream.
The Pentagon's current crop of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are insanely powerful—the "Hellfire" is so named for a reason—but also fairly imprecise, often killing innocent, nearby civilians. The DoD's new UAVs hope to cut down on such casualties.